We've all heard of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and we've decided to put our spin on things with "Six degrees of separation" looking to connect Asian fighters you may never have assumed were connected! Today we connect Marvin Sonsona to Den Junlaphan.
Just as ground rules, we're not doing the more basic "A beat B who beat C who beat D" type of thing, but instead we want to link fighters in different ways. As a result we will limit A fought B connections, and try to get more varied connections together, as you'll see here! We also know there are often shorter routes to connect fighters, but that's not always the most interesting way to connect them.
1-Talented Filipino fighter Marvin Sonsona is one of boxing's greatest "what ifs?", with the big question being "what if he had commitment to the sport and some real discipline?" Despite that he was also one of the sports most talented prodigies, winning the WBO Super Flyweight title aged just 19. Later in his career he proved he was still a talented fighter, and his KO win over Akifumi Shimoda in 2014 showed touches of genius. Sonsona debuted in 2007, and did so with a win over fellow debutant Richard Donaire.
2-Unsurprisingly, given his surname, Richard Donaire was part of the Donaire boxing family. His uncle is Nonito Donaire Sr, and his cousins are Glenn Donaire and the legendary Nonito Donaire.
3-During long and successful career Nonito Donaire has gone through a lot of trainers. These have included his father, former Filipino fighters Dodie Boy and Jonathan Penalosa, the fantastic Robert Garcia and the legendary Ismael Salas.
4-Dring his long and hugely successful career as a trainer Ismael Salas really has trained a who's who, of who and has had success as a trained in both professional boxing, working with the likes of Donaire, Kazuto Ioka, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Danny Grean and Guillermo Rigondeaux, but also the Thai National Amateur team in the early 2000's. Among the amateurs he trained was Somjit Jongjohor.
5-Although Somjit Jongjohor never turned professional himself he was a sensational amateur boxer who won pretty much everything an amateur could wish to win. He took gold medals at the Asian Games, the Asian Championships, the World Amateur Championships and the Olympics. His Asian Games gold medal came in 2002, at Flyweight, and another man who picked up gold at those very same games was Gennadiy Golovkin, who won his medal at Light Middleweight.
6-Following an excellent amateur career Gennadiy Golovkin turned professional and made his professional debut on May 6th 2006. On that very same day Den Junlaphan successfully defended the WBC Minimumweight title, defeating the previously unbeaten Rodel Mayol with a 12 round decision to retain the title and record his second defense of his second reign.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).